Strategies for handling alarms and alerts are changing rapidly as connectivity and mobility are creating new challenges and opportunities. More managers are gaining more freedom because they can get alerts on smartphones and tablets, but this wireless connectivity is spotlighting the need for enhanced security.
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The Smart Alert and MP3 Smart Alert Series audible alarms are used for commercial, manufacturing, industrial, institutional, and public settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation.
The move to distributed control systems that deliver data in a digital format made old interfaces obsolete. But what some thought were improvements were actually obstacles. Today, understanding human error and ability, as well as industrial processes, helps engineers think like operators when it comes to redesigning control rooms and alarm-management systems. BASF and Southern Company explain what they’ve done.
AgileOps from Prosys delivers a fully integrated experience with a single Web-based user interface that provides a same-look view and control of the whole operation - no matter whether you're running multiple applications and control systems from different manufacturers.
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Continuous process industries have spent almost 20 years analyzing how control system interfaces and alarm management policies help or hinder plant performance. So what are the best practices, and why aren’t they being implemented?